Thursday
Nov202014

My new book: Reversing Heart Disease

My new book, Reversing Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure and Blocked Arteries Without Drugs,
is available now!
 
I have spent the last 25 years as a researcher, educator, author and public health advocate for common sense.  

In Australia, a person dies from heart disease every 10 minutes.

After a speaking tour in 2013 around Australia, I was horrified by the sheer number of people who were overmedicated on drugs for heart disease and who were suffering and literally dying from the side effects of their medication that is supposed to be helping them. This inspired me to write this book in an effort to educate and inspire those who need it to save their own lives.

 
Reversing Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure and Blocked Arteries Without Drugs provides evidence-based guidance into reversing heart conditions through changes to diet, environment, attitude and lifestyle. This ground breaking book will enable those with or about to have heart conditions to stop it in its tracks!
 
Find out about: 
 
  • The truth about cholesterol – find out why it’s not enemy number one in the war on cardiovascular disease.
  • Cardiovascular disease explained; in English not medical jargon.
  • How health supplements and minerals can save your heart.
  • Heart medications; find out the real figures on effectiveness of your prescribed medication.
  • How to eat and drink your way to a healthier heart.
  • Stress the silent killer - find out just how much of an impact stress has on your cardiovascular health.
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    Reversing Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure and Blocked Arteries Without Drugs is available from my website here
    Thursday
    Nov202014

    Stress and Cancer

    The persistent activation of the chronic stress response, and the response to chronic depression, impairs the immune response and is implicated in the development and progression of some types of cancer 1. In a study of 516 colorectal patients and the levels of stress they had suffered in the 10 years prior to the development of cancer, the higher levels of stress were found to increase the risk of colorectal cancer by 5½ times. That is 550%.

    A case-controlled study of 257 women with breast cancer revealed that, after adjustments for age and confounding factors, women with major life events, stress of daily activity and depression had a 3.7 times (370%) higher risk for breast cancer, in comparison to those who did not experience such stressors 2. Researchers examined information from 989 women who had been diagnosed with breast cancer, and found that the women with the most stress were most likely to have aggressive forms of breast cancer. In particular, women under significant stress were 38% more likely to have estrogen receptor-negative cancers, or cancers that don’t respond to some of the more common therapies that cut off estrogen supply. Also, the women with higher stress levels were more likely to have high-grade (more aggressive) tumors. In support of this, another study found that breast cancer patients with the most anxiety had the lowest level of natural killer cells, part of the defense system to protect against cancer and infection. Women with higher levels of stress had 20% to 30% fewer natural killer cells. In another study, chronic stress was found to increase inflammation, which increased dilation of lymphatic collector vessels to promote breast cancer metastasis (spread) 3. In animal studies, social isolation is a potent psychosocial stressor and is associated with increased breast cancer risk and mortality. The formation of mammary tumors was significantly higher in socially isolated mice 4.

    In a meta-analysis of 165 studies, researchers found that stress-related psychosocial factors were associated with higher cancer incidence in initially healthy populations; in addition, poorer survival in patients with diagnosed cancer was noted in 33 studies, and higher cancer mortality was seen in 53 studies 5. Stress-prone personality, unfavorable coping styles, negative emotional responses or poor quality of life were related to higher cancer incidence, poorer cancer survival and higher cancer mortality. Site-specific analyses indicate that psychosocial factors are associated with a higher incidence of lung cancer and poorer survival in patients with breast, lung, head and neck, hepatobiliary, and lymphoid or hematopoietic (blood formation) cancers 5. Head and neck cancer have also been associated with post traumatic stress disorder 6.

    In mice, stress-induced neural activation increased primary tumor growth and tumor cell dissemination to normal adjacent pancreas. These effects were associated with increased expression of invasion genes by tumor cells and pancreatic stromal cells for beta-adrenergic signaling 7.

    The overwhelming body of information now clearly shows that stress has a major impact on the immune system and the development of chronic disease such as cancer. The next step is asking, What can you do to reduce your stress? 

     

    1. [1] Reiche et al. 2004
    2. [2] Kruk and Aboul‑Enein 2004
    3. [3] Le et al.
    4. [4] Sumis 2014
    5. [5] Chida et al. 2008
    6. [6] Posluszny et al. 2014
    7. [7] Kim-Fuchs
    Thursday
    Nov202014

    How toxic is your underarm: Deodorants and antiperspirants

    In November 2008, a 12 year old boy, Daniel Hurley collapsed and died in his bathroom 'after using too much deodorant'. The hearing into his death found that “he was overcome by solvents in the Lynx Vice spray”. Unfortunately there were no repercussions for the company as the warnings are spelt out on the can. Despite the warning being there my own research shows that around 1% of people actually read and understand the labels. However, this is not the first nor is it the last. On July 12 1998, 10 years earlier a young boy in the UK, this time 16 years old who had an obsession with smelling nice died after months of spraying his entire body with deodorant. Jonathon Campbell had 10 times the lethal dose of propane and butane in his blood. While these are tragic outcomes the real problems lies in the millions of kids (and adults) around the world who are slowly poisoning themselves. The warning signs on most cans reads something like “deliberately concentrating may be harmful or fatal” or for cans sold to kids “must be used in the presence of adults” and the company has no other responsibility to your health than these labels. If people really knew what was in these cans and read these labels closely I am sure they would have second thoughts about using them and giving them to their kids. Unfortunately, the ingredients are not listed and the warning is all in the small print on the back.

    The problem with deodorants and antiperspirants is three fold. First the propellant gases like propane and butane are toxic and were implicated in the deaths of both boys. This associated with the fact that they are sprayed upward towards the armpit and headspace means you cant help but breathe them in. The second is the long list of toxic ingredients used in the deodorants and antiperspirants which you don’t know about and which are absorbed through the skin and thirdly the blocking of our pores by the antiperspirants.

    To highlight where the problem starts antiperspirants and deodorants are among the top six products causing adverse skin reactions, including itching, burning, dryness, irritant dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis. They have become one of the most frequently purchased products worldwide, surpassed in market share only by soaps and hair care products. Unfortunately they are also one of the most widely marketed products constantly playing on kids emotional health, sex and relationships to sell their toxic products.

    Deodorants act to reduce, cover up, or eliminate the odour that develops when bacteria break down perspiration. This is achieved by the use of anti-microbial agents and fragrances. Antiperspirants are distinguished from deodorants by the presence of sweat retarding agents. These agents are based on aluminium complexes and may include aluminium chlorohydrate (ACH), aluminium zirconium chlorohydrate glycine complexes (AZAP) or aluminium zirconium tetrachlorohydroxy glycine. While the connection between aluminium in antipersperants and Alzheimer's disease and epilepsy continue to be explored and debated they seem highly unlikely. Other problems such as a link with breast cancer are much more likely. The action of these chemicals limits the levels of perspiration produced in the underarm and other areas, by slowing the action of the sweat glands. Sweat production is reduced due to the fact that the chemicals produce an obstructive hydroxide gel inside the sweat gland ducts, limiting the amount of perspiration that can be excreted. However, we were meant to sweat. Sweating provides a valuable service to our body by eliminating waste products, and cooling down the body. As a result antipersperants may lead to a build up of toxins in this area just near the breast.

    Antiperspirant and deodorant ingredients include anti-microbials such as chlorhexidine d-1-gluconate and triclosan, odour eliminators such as zinc ricitioleate and various perfumes. Other ingredients which may cause contact allergies include formaldehyde, atranorm, evernic acid, fumarprotocetraric acid, cetalkonium chloride, fenticlor, gluteraldehyde, zirconium and dibutyl phthalate. Many of the same chemicals you would find in toilet deodorants. Starting to sound a bit smelly isn’t it. Formaldehyde is a skin irritant and thought to be carcinogenic and phthalates are suspected of producing endocrine (hormone)‑disrupting effects as they are able to mimic the action of oestrogen and upset our hormone balance. In one study diethyl phthalate which is a solvent was detected in 2 out of 8 deodorants. The breast, as a result, is also exposed to a range of these oestrogenic chemicals applied to the underarm and breast area. These cosmetics are left on the skin in the appropriate area, allowing a more direct dermal absorption route for breast exposure to oestrogenic chemicals and allowing absorbed chemicals to escape systemic metabolism. It is also worth noting that the large increase in breast cancer over the last 30 years has been a result of an increase in oestrogen receptive cancers.

    Research has shown that repeated application of deodorants permeate the skin resulting in accumulation of some of these chemicals. According to one study butyl paraben was systemically absorbed, metabolized and excreted in urine following application to the skin in a cream preparation. The study conducted over 2 weeks showed concentration peaked in urine 8-12 hours after application.  Isn’t it interesting to know that the chemicals you put on the outside of your body get in.

    Then the problem is exacerbated even more when they are used in spray containers that we direct towards our face. If your lungs are a uniquely designed sponge for air, they are also a sponge for the contaminants that manage to evade all of your respiratory system’s defenses. All the ingredients and the propellants are rapidly absorbed into the body and detectable throughout the body within minutes to hours.

    The safer option is to use roll on deodorant. Unfortunately, it does not look as sexy in the advertisements, but it is much safer. The next step is then to move toward natural products and organic when you can. We have evolved with natural plant products over millions of years and as a general rule they are much safer than synthetic products manufactured from petrol. I also think it is about time we stop overselling these products and teaching kids that too much smell can be toxic and who would want to smell like a toilet block anyway.

    Thursday
    Nov202014

    Food Politics

    Unfortunately the food and medicine industry is dominated by vested interests with the power to control governments. The guidelines used for the last 50 years have literally lead us into this state of weight gain and chronic illness. The food pyramid, was released in 1992 encouraged consumers to eat a huge amount of breads and cereal products which has resulted in a greater risk of chronic disease (including CVD, obesity and type 2 diabetes), due to the fact it lacked emphasis and detail on the recommended type of carbohydrates and far too many. The food pyramid we all grew up with was developed by the grain industry and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The scientific panel for the food pyramid suggested 3-5 serves of whole grains but after the politicians and beaurocrats finished with it, it was 9-13. In 2005 the food pyramid was revised into an abstract version of a pyramid called MyPyramid. This new pyramid still encouraged the consumption of grains; one of the differences was that it advised consumers to choose grains that have the word “whole” in front of the grain name. Sure it changed a little, but not enough to reflect what we should really be eating and the word whole grain means very little in all the food claims. The Harvard School of Public Health made a scathing criticism of this iteration of the food pyramid.  To highlight the strong influence of industry on U.S. food guidelines, in 2011 the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the same organisation who created the food pyramid, labelled pizza as a vegetable because it has tomato paste. Any wonder the food pyramid was so wrong and we cannot trust the authorities.

    Nestlé is the world’s largest food company and much of its business revolves around feeding us poor quality foods that lead to weight gain and obesity. Is behind a wide range of sweets like Kit Kat, Smarties, Aero, Violet Crumble and Allen’s Sweets as well as their range of ice-cream. They are also behind many drinks including Nesquik (99% sugar), Milo (46% sugar), and sugary breakfast foods Uncle Toby’s brand. On the other side of weight gain they own the Optifast diet shakes the Musashi brand of shakes and supplements for the gym and for the serious dieters Lean Cuisine range of frozen diet meals. They also own Jenny Craig one of the biggest weight loss programs on the planet. Despite the fact that there are no credible studies of Jenny Craig, weight watchers and other like programs they rake in hundreds of millions of dollars a year, trying to take off the extra weight their other products put on. But with no success.

     

    Monday
    Nov032014

    The Kids Health Expo and Talk

    The Kids Health Expo and Talk The Kids Health Expo and Talk is for parents, carers and public interested in improving our kids health. This will be a life-changing event that cuts through all the rubbish to give you the real scientific facts about our kids health.

    Have you ever wondered why chronic diseases like weight gain, diabetes, ADHD, autism, depression and even cancer are skyrocketing in our kids? At this evening you will learn why and what you can do to prevent and even reverse these conditions. [cid:CD007D2E-CC2D-4D58-924E-C3B2C28A31F9@BigPond]

    Get tickets from http://tix.yt/drdingle.

    More about this Event

    The Kids Health Expo and Talk is for parents, carers and public interested in improving our kids health. This will be a life-changing event that cuts through all the rubbish in the media to give you the real scientific facts about our kids health.

    Learn about;

    • The roles that nutritional deficiencies, particularly the essential fatty acids, are having of the health of our kids and why boys need more fish oils than girls.

    • Breakfast cereals, dairy, soft drinks, food additives and fluoride in water (to name just a few) are ‘dumbing’ down our kids and making them sick.

    • How to develop healthy eating habits as well as positive attitudes and lifestyles in kids and how little things can make a big difference to your kids’ lives.

    • What you can do to create happier, healthier and smarter kids. Healthy Kids stalls include;

    • Healthy eating and food preparation

    • Healthy kids snacks

    • Nutrition and herb for kids

    • Books and CD’s

    • Brain Gym

    • Essential oils and flower essences

    And much more!

    For more information contact Matt at matt@drdingle.com.